Hello friends! I am grateful to be back after a sudden but violent head cold knocked me on my ass earlier this week. Unfortunately, however, my convalescence means that I don’t have much in the way of updates as far as my WIP is concerned.
So, why am I here? Well, because I recognize that if I want to carve out a place for myself in the writing-related content-creation sphere of the internet, I need to be consistent. While I haven’t quite hit the jaded calculus of how to maximize my clicks just yet, I have noticed that my numbers suffer when I go through periods of unexpected inactivity. (That’s not particularly surprising, but I’m a late bloomer to this kind of stuff.)
Consistency is also important when it comes to my writing habits. When I am physically engaged with writing (that is to say, literally putting the words on the page or at the very least actively writing down ideas or an outline) on a daily basis, not only do I have to put in less work to overcome inertia, but I tend to feel more positively about the project in general. The more time I spend between writing sessions, the less enthusiasm I feel, the more doubt creeps in.
Basically, what I’m saying is… I think I might be the kind of writer that needs to write every day.
I used to hate it when I heard authors insist newbie writers do this. Some people are naturally binge-writers, or have physical or mental health limitations. Others may have such chaotic schedules, unstable working hours or kids with a slew of extra-curricular activities to balance. Basically, it’s just not fair to insist that the best way to write is by plugging away a little at a time every day.
…That being said, I think that’s probably what I need to be doing. Despite the fact that I have mental health limitations, a 50-mile commute, kids with extra-curriculars, and a personality-type that tends to bite more off than we can chew. I think writing every day is what I need to be doing.
Enforcing that upon myself, a person who is notoriously bad at forming healthy habits? Now that’s a whole other kettle of fish.
Until next time, my friends! May your writing be plenty and your struggles be few.
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